Tutto è scritto

The documentary, filmed in February 2018 in Mali, between the ancient city of Timbuktu and Bamako, testifies the special relationship between Malian people and the World Heritage endangered by fundamentalism. The ancient manuscripts, hundreds of thousands books, who survived for centuries in the libraries of Timbuktu, have been brought out of Timbuktu with donkeys and pirogues to Bamako, a thousands kilometres south, to save them from destruction.

Poster by Marcello Piccinini

Even in a difficult and unstable time, people of Timbuktu keep defending their manuscripts and the cultural heritage of the city. Six years after the armed intervention of French military against Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, that occupied northern Mali in 2012, this written treasure is once again in the hands of the people of Timbuktu. Like those of professor Hamou and Boubakar, the last calligrapher of the city.
“Tutto è scritto” is also the story of the life of a city where UN and French army guarantee some provisional security, jeopardized by the jihadists and drug traffickers who control the desert.
In the latest images of the documentary, a beacon of hope has lit up the city, the Festival au Desert returned to the city after six years of exile due to the conflict with the jihadists.

In December 2018, “Tutto è scritto” won the 36th edition of the Bellaria Film Festival. The jury, chaired by Moni Ovadia, awarded the documentary “for the expressive strength and linguistic maturity with which it showed fundamental and hidden aspects of Islamic thought such as culture, beauty and responsibility towards the great heritage of knowledge” .

Everything is written
(Original title: Tutto è scritto)
Italy, 2018
23′, Italian and French with English subtitles

Direction and editing
Marco Pavan

Fabrica per Imago Mundi

Andrea de Georgio

Soundrivemotion.com with Maria Roveran

Alberto Martino

Sound Design and Mixing
Giovanni Bottan

Art Direction
Marcello Piccinini

Copy editing
Giorgia de Luca, Chiara Longhi

With (order of appearence)
Mahamane Mahamodou Hamou, El Boukhari Ben Essayouti, Alpha Ben Essayouti, Najim Boubacar Sadek, Aliou Haidara, Baba Moulay Bashir, Abdel Kader Haidara, Boubacar Diallo, Vieux Farka Touré.

Thanks to
Centre Ahmed Baba and director Abdoulkadri Drissa Maiga, Savama DCI, Minusma and Riccardo Maia (Head of Timbuktu office), Bibliotheque Al-Imam Essayouti, Festival du Vivre Ensemble and Festival au Desert, Luciano Benetton, Enrico Bossan, Carlo Tunioli.

Fabrica per Imago Mundi